The following Club Achievement Awards for projects during the 2007-08 Administrative Year were announced at the Mid-Year Conference Feb. 21, 2009.
Penn Yan: Knitted and Crocheted Hats for Preemies: members knit or crochet hats for premature birth children - the hats are donated to the Galisano Children's NIC unit. Several members work on the hats during the meetings. There is no such thing as too many hats and therefore, hats will be donated to many area hospitals.
Honorable Mention: North Shore, Long Island for the Hug-a-bear project.
Nunda: A four-part project which included sharing a story with nursery school children ages 3-4; Pre-K children age 4-5 and Grade 1 children. Club members read and were read to by the children, we then presented each with books to keep along with parental information about the benefits of reading to children. We also donated a new set of books to the elementary library and the Nunda public library. In all 115 children were directly impacted, not counting the number that will get enjoyment from the library books.
Honorable Mention: Kingston for the tutoring program for kindergarten aged students at risk of not keeping up with their peers.
Utica: Kiwanis Club of Utica coordinated and distributed 643 pencil boxes donated by United HealthCare with pencils donated by local supply company, erasers and McDonald Gift certificates donated by McDonalds - total donations $1,000. This project serves elementary school children from the poorest school in Utica. Our project includes supporting health care education and delivery, mentoring students, providing out of school experiences to expose them to the world outside of their neighborhood.
Honorable Mention: Peninsula (The), Hewlett for participation in the local School/Business Career Fair.
Peninsula (The), Hewlett: Annual Salute to Veterans Night. It was a spectacular and at times solemn program tonight as we hosted the families of three local men killed in Afghanistan and Iraq one of which was a Medal of Honor winner. Also on hand as guests were a dozen disabled veterans from the Saint Albans Veterans Home. Adding much to the pomp and circumstance of the occasion was the appearance of the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, and the performance of the NYPD Pipe Band prior to our touching candle lighting ceremony.
Honorable Mention: Fonda-Fultonville for participation in local Memorial Day Parade involvement includes Kiwanians, Builders Club and Key Club.
Middletown, East Meadow & Long Beach: All three clubs correspond with a new Club in Kiev via email and provided logistical assistance to visitors from the club when these members visited the US and attended meetings at the clubs.
Hollis: Honored the local clergy as Everyday Heroes. Honorees were a diverse group which reflected diversity in careers, ages, religion and ethnicity. With approximately 200 in attendance the program reflected the diversity of the Kiwanis Family (Builders Club, Key Club, Kiwanis and Golden K.)
Honorable Mention: Glendale for monthly program at local nursing home celebrating residentsí birthdays with cards, gifts and cake.